This Silk Cotton Tree is a marker in the history of a village in Montserrat, known as Cudjoe Head. It is a reminder of how cruel the trans-Atlantic slave trade was. Cudjoe was an African runaway slave who was subsequently caught and returned to his master. The slave “owner” exercised his ownership indeed and – so that others would learn and accept being owned, so that others would not make such attempts at self-liberation – had him beheaded and his head placed on that silk cotton  tree. That is how Cudjoe Head got it’s name.

The tree is itself one of nature’s beauties. See it at dusk above and catch it below, against the setting sun, Then, finally, watch it in the morning light.

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